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Chicago IL 60605
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Illinois Labor History Society


Calendar of upcoming events


Labor History in the Illinois Valley!

Sunday March 11th 2018,  


at the Lock 16 Visitor Center

754 1st St, LaSalle, IL 61301




Sunday lecture series:

Labor History in the Illinois Valley!




$8.00 per person

Illinois Valley workers organized to protect their rights, wages and conditions during the 1840s canal building era. By the Civil War, there was a vibrant labor movement in the Valley.  Significant events, like the Cherry Mine Disaster and the Ottawa Radium Girls, had not only national, but global resonance. Labor leaders like Spring Valley’s John Mitchell were significant national figures, working to improve conditions for workers. Learn these stories and more as we examine the “National Significance of Illinois Valley Labor.”

Speaker Michael G. Matejka is the Governmental Affairs Director for the Great Plains Laborers District Council, covering northern and central Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Mr. Matejka also edits the Grand Prairie Union News. He is a vice-president for the Illinois Labor History Society and past president of the McLean County Historical Society. He served 18 years on the Bloomington city council and writes and lectures on labor issues and history.

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The Origins of International Labor Day

Mon, April 23, 2018

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT

Purdue University Northwest

Room With a View

2200 169th Street, Hammond, Indiana, 46323

"No single event has influenced the history of labor in Illinois, the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket Affair. It began with a rally on May 4, 1886, but the consequences are still being felt today. Although the rally is included in American history textbooks, very few present the event accurately or point out its significance" William J. Adelman


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Illinois History Day

Illinois History Day offers opportunities for students to create websites, exhibits, documentaries, skits, and research papers on topics of Illinois and local history for competition in regional history fairs. Students receiving a Superior ribbon at regionals are eligible to compete at the Illinois History Day state competition.

The next Illinois History Day is set for May 3, 2018 in Springfield.

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The Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference creates an open and invigorating space for women union activists and community leaders to learn from skilled instructors and each another.

The intensive, four-day residential conference is made possible through the generosity of the Regina V. Polk Fund for Labor Leadership. The conference was established in 1983 in memory of Regina V. Polk, who was killed in an accident on the job while working as a business agent for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 743. She was a tireless advocate of inequities in the workplace and committed to worker empowerment. By sponsoring this conference, the fund furthers one of her favorite causes, educating the next generation of labor leaders.

Emily E. LB. Twarog, PhD is the Director of the Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference

If you have any questions about the Polk school, please visit or email or call 312-413-0166.


May Day 2018

Back at Haymarket Square! 

Stay tuned for more details!